Sam Hunt returns with “Downtown’s Dead”

    It's the first taste of new music from the country star since “Body Like a Back Road.”

    Sam Hunt attending the Country Music Awards 2017
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    Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” was one of the biggest hits of 2017, both in country music and out. Since then, the superstar’s kept things pretty quiet—he’s told reporters he’d be taking some time out before releasing any new music.

    But it looks like time’s up because he’s just dropped a brand-new track.

    “Downtown’s Dead” starts with a hazy, acoustic guitar-driven strum, before Hunt sings about a city that’s bursting with life: “The city’s so in style / All you see for miles are people spilling in and out of cars.” But someone’s clearly missing. “Downtown’s dead without you,” the country crooner sings on the crashing chorus.

    The track’s the perfect blend of country and pop, equal parts anthemic and heartfelt. And it proves the wait for new music was well and truly worth it.

    Take a listen to it below: